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As Europe slowly emerges from the coronavirus crisis, the climate emergency is starting to regain the place it deserves, coming back to the top of the EU agenda.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which brings together civil society organisations from all Member States, developed this Opinion in response to a request by the Republic of Croatia's Presidency of the Council of the EU. The protection of the environment and the fight against climate change are the presidency's key issues.

Il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) esorta tutte le istituzioni dell'UE e gli Stati membri a continuare a dare una risposta rapida e allineata, basata sulla solidarietà, alla pandemia da coronavirus e ad adottare misure aggiuntive che promuovano gli investimenti sostenibili nella prospettiva del Green Deal europeo. Gli Stati membri devono raggiungere rapidamente un accordo sul quadro finanziario pluriennale (QFP) per il periodo 2021-2027, in linea con le ambizioni del Green Deal.

Trade policy in exceptional times: this week's negotiation rounds on the updating of the trade aspect of the EU-Chile Association Agreement are being held remotely. In the run-up to this round, the EU-Chile Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) adopted a joint declaration on the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. JCC members flagged up the danger of increased social inequality and supported bilateral and multilateral cooperation as the best way to tackle the crisis.


The EESC congratulates the Commission on its proposal for a transitional regulation to support European farmers, and the positive outcome of the vote in the European Parliament Comagri Committee, which will ensure a smooth transition from the current (2014-2020) to the next (2021-2027) CAP period.

The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform should be adopted by October 2020, but the negotiations for the next programming period are far behind schedule, situation even more aggravated by the coronavirus crisis.